College Basketball Recruiting: Tacoma Community College Producing Young Talent

Jason McClearyContributor IFebruary 9, 2011

Coach Howell
Coach Howell

Not too many community colleges get mentioned around the nation in sports.  There is a small college located in Tacoma, Wash. that has produced talent year in and year out. 

The Tacoma Community College men’s basketball team is led by coach Carl Howell. Howell has produced 18 Division I signees during his tenure at TCC.  Most of Howell’s recruits, who have gone on to play D-I ball, have been local talent from the Tacoma-Seattle area.

Coach Howell’s track record speaks for itself.  A tough-nosed coach with an overall record of 308-93 (76.8 percent) at TCC, Howell is the most winning active coach in the NWAACC and has reached the 300-win mark quicker than any coach in the Northwest at any level of competition.  TCC has won the last six out of eight West Region championships under Howell. 

The Titans take basketball very seriously.  Dedication to the weight room, film and year-round training are big keys to the Titans' success.  In the summertime, you can find current and former Titans, along with current NBA and college players, working out with Titans assistant coach R.J. Barsh.

Barsh, who is a TCC alum, has brought new energy to the coaching staff.  He is in his third year as an assistant coach at TCC and takes pride in working with players to reach their peaks at every aspect of their game. 

Players known to have worked out with Barsh include Abdul Gaddy (University of Washington), Isaiah Thomas (University of Washington), Rodney Stuckey (Detroit Pistons), Avery Bradley (Boston Celtics) and the list goes on.

This year the Titans have an overall record of 18-2 and haven’t lost a game in their division.  The whole team has been productive on the court all year, led by Kevin Davis (UW commit), Chris Holmes (Central Washington signee), Jordan Colby (Central Washington signee), Brandon Magee (Division one recruit) and Geoff McIntosh (Division II recruit).


Brandon Magee: leads the team in scoring with 18 PPG and is tied with a team-high seven rebounds. 

Kevin Davis: leads the team with two blocks a game and is tied with a team-high of seven rebounds a game. 

Chris Holmes: averages 12 points and five rebounds per game. 

Jordan Colby: stat-filler with 14 PPG, four assists, four rebounds and two steals a game. 

Geoff McIntosh: averages eight PPG.

Dominique Williams: a freshman who has contributed quite a bit this year, Williams is averaging 11 PPG, along with a team-high five assists a game.


With the playoffs around the corner, the Titans plan to finish the season strong and win a championship. Coach Howell continues to pile up wins to go along with his tremendous resume, and his reputation is what has kept a lot of local talent walking through the TCC gym doors.  Respected by many D-I college coaches, Howell will go down as one of the best coaches in the Northwest.